Posted 6.12.12 @ 10:44 by: Staff

Selling real estate can be fraught with worry; do you need to completely redo the bathroom or will some tasteful upgrades do? We’ve seen so many over the top improvements that just don't pay off in the sale of a home, so here we’re going to go over a list of things you shouldn’t do. From swimming pools to converted garage apartments, there are some things that you just shouldn’t do if you want to sell your home.

If It’s Not Broke…

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it! You want to leave popular features like master bedrooms, dining room, entranceways, etc. intact. While you might think it’s really great to replace the master bedroom with a room just for your dogs, collection or something else with extensive changes to the home, you’re going to want to think twice. The last thing you want to do is to change a popular feature; other homes in the same area are going to have these features and buyers will flock to them, while passing over your home as a little too odd for their taste.

Swimming Pools Aren’t a Smart Upgrade

If you’re going to install a swimming pool for your own personal use and then down the road want to sell your Oakville real estate, that’s fine. You’ll be able to get use out of it and won’t expect to recoup the cost of the pool when you sell your home. If you think a pool would just be a nice upgrade and you’ll be able to add value to your appraisal, you’re wrong. In ground swimming pools are pricey, they cost a lot for people to maintain and when a buyer sees a pool they see money flowing down the drain. A pool is not the ideal way to get more money out of your house.

Don’t Go Crazy Improving Your Home

It’s important to consider what kind of return you can get for your investment when doing upgrades before selling your Oakville real estate. Hardwood floors cost a fraction of what a pool will, but you’ll get a higher return on investment. Replacing laminate countertops with granite, old appliances and putting down a chef’s mat will get you more interested buyers than a room filled with vintage pinball machines. Energy saving upgrades are also big winners and save money in the long run.

Selling your Oakville home is all about making people interested. You want them to look at your home and think “Wow, this is what I want!” It’s the little things. People don’t need elaborate murals in the entryway or a Hollywood bath to sign onto buying your home. They just want somewhere they can call home, and that means showing them the potential of the home.

If you need help selling your home, ask us! We can recommend smart upgrades to make your home attractive to Oakville home buyers; making buyers bite is what it’s all about.

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